The founder of a biblical theme park in Kentucky spoke out against public libraries, calling them “dangerous places” for giving children access to LGBTQ books.
Ken Ham, who is the CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis, criticized libraries for supporting LGBTQ-friendly narratives in tweets on Sunday. Ham is the founder of Ark Encounter – a giant replica of the Noah’s Ark located in Willamstown, Ky., – as well as the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., which highlight and promote Christianity and Bible history.
In his tweet, he alludes to LGBTQ movement and its supporters as “the enemy,” and links an article titled “A mess on the shelves,” published by World, a biweekly Christian magazine. The article, written Andrée Seu Peterson, describes the author’s experience walking into a public library and being led to the alphabetized L section, where she spotted “a large free-standing rack of children’s fare dedicated to LGBTQ topics.”
“Feeling nauseated after my foray into the modern kids’ lit, I brought the three books to the front desk and complained to the librarian about the library’s all-out effort to plant these disturbing suggestions into innocent minds,” she wrote.
Ham shared a similar sentiment as Peterson.
“Sadly, the majority of kids from church homes have already had their hearts & minds captured by the enemy through public schools, TV etc.,” he wrote.
Increasingly (sadly) so, but public libraries are becoming dangerous places for kids (of all ages). And sadly, the majority of kids from church homes have already had their hearts & minds captured by the enemy through public schools, TV etc. Christian... https://t.co/PYzMXkjtTS— Ken Ham (@aigkenham) June 23, 2019
parents need to be reminded: "You shall teach them [God's Word] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise" (Deuteronomy 6:7)— Ken Ham (@aigkenham) June 23, 2019
Some applauded Ham for his perspective.
Until ALL parents in an area protest such disgusting filth, they will not stop pushing it on the kids. Parents should not only complain (loudly) about the presence of such books there, but also protest anything like Drag Queen story hour happens. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!— Steven Bates (@StevenB89087804) June 23, 2019
You would not know what we deal with in our area because of what the schools are forcing down our kids throats. It’s worse than sex education. Pray! We who believe, the Bible is infallible, are the minority in the World and in Christians. My we have a mission. Please pray for us— BrandyAFlajole (@BFlajole) June 23, 2019
However, not everyone agreed with what he had to say. Some commenters pointed out that no one forces children to pick up specific books in libraries, and the Bible by no means encourages calling anyone the “enemy.”
Referring to anyone as ‘the enemy’ isn’t what the Bible teaches, Ken. Live as a child and don’t judge others. Isn’t that the whole point? That God will judge them so you shouldn’t...— Kent Goldsmith (@KentGoldsmith) June 23, 2019
Please, libraries, KEEP BEING DANGEROUS.— Lissa Bryan - Reader, Writer, Dreamer (@LissaBryan) June 26, 2019
Last I checked libraries don't "push" books on anyone. Nobody forces kids to pick out books, nobody makes them do anything at the library. The book merely existing on the shelves is not pushing anything on anyone.— Derek Kulp (@dkulprit) June 25, 2019
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